Chery-Quantum has released the first official pictures of the upcoming Qoros GQ3 sedan, it will debut on the Geneva Auto Show in March and will have its China-debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April. There will be two Chery-sourced engines: a naturally aspirated 1.6 and a turbocharged 1.6, mated to six-speed manual or a six-speed DCT. Qoros says the GQ3 is safe enough to receive 5 stars in European crash tests.
The Qoros GQ3 has been developed in a relatively short time of some three years. Its platform is likely from Chery as well but Qoros hasn’t confirmed that, but they haven’t denied it either. Design-wise the GQ3 is a fine looking car, certainly better than anything Chery currently makes. Still, very exciting it is not, and I don’t understand why the very first official photos have to show a brown vehicle, brown being the most boring color for a car, liked only by the elderly. Paint it red!
Chery-Quantum is a joint venture between Chery Auto of China and Quantum LLC of Israel. Qoros is the brand name for a range of automobiles meant for the Chinese market and for export to Europe, the GQ3 sedan is the first to hatch. But there will be more in Geneva. Qoros will bring two concept cars, one futuristic sport sedan and one medium size SUV. The SUV will be launched sometime in 2014, the sport sedan will likely remain a concept only. The GQ3 sedan will be launched on the Chinese auto market next year.
Interior square and sporty with a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Dash very clean, not a knob to much, large touchscreen will likely control many functions. Location handbrake a bit old fashioned but overall a fine place to hit the road in.
First live pics expected soon!
Pics via: Autohome.
looks like a renault fleunce (megane) !
Interior is very elegant, tasteful and logically laid out. Quite Germanic but that is no bad thing at all.
Exterior is nice, also tasteful and restrained although the rear lights are for me too large, the crome strip on the boot is a bit clumsy and the grille doesn’t quite work with the Q logo.
Good effort though, and a more restrained appearance should not be seen as a bad thing, in fact it was probably the best way to kick off this new marque. “Premium” cars also need to be quite restrained in appearance as they tend to be owned second and even third hard and outlandish design of old models damages residiuals and brand image.
Things like build quality, driving experience and cost of ownership will ultimately be crucial though.
FROM ITALY :
Le auto cinesi diventano sempre più interessanti pure per il mercato europeo. Credo che nel giro di 10 anni l’industria cinese dell’auto sarà protagonista del del mercato mondiale.
Già questa QOROS del 2012 mostra degli elementi stilistici di interesse.
Dal punto di vista motoristico, l’industria cinese è indietro sui motori diesel, ma visto il rapido sviluppo dei motori ibridi ed elettrici, è probabile che si possa “saltare” questa fase e produrre in futuro auto con queste motorizzazioni più moderne.
Buon natale e Felice Anno Nuovo 2017!